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Petra Soesemann

Title Professor/Chair of the Foundation Environment
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7930

Courses  Charette: Self + Other Voices | Design I | Design II

Degree MFA, Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BFA, Sculpture, Cleveland Institute of Art; Graduate work in Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois; summer study in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University; summer study at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Petra Soesemann is a Professor and Chair of the Foundation Environment. In 2009 she was granted a year-long sabbatical leave to focus on her creative practice at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. Selected awards include Artist-in-Residence at the Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain; Fulbright Fellowship to study Incan architecture in Peru; exhibition Grant to Sao Paulo, Brazil; travel grants to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to research Mayan art and architecture; and travel grants to Turkey to study Islamic art and architecture as well as contemporary art. She has also taken CIA students to Mexico, Germany and Italy on team-taught foreign study trips. Soesemann’s recent work explores the conventional relationships between seeing and representing; her fabric constructions often manipulate light and color to bring perception into conflict with uncertainty, engaging the basic mechanisms of “mind seeking meaning” as a process of consciousness.

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Christina Cassara

Title Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7381

Courses  BFA Thesis + Statement | Charette: Collaboration + Community | Intro Sculpture + Expanded Media | On the Body | Sculpture + Expanded Media: BFA Research | Sewing + Fabrication

Degree MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BA, Barnard College, Columbia University

Tina Cassara received a BA in urban studies, emphasis in sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Following graduation, she moved to Viques, in the Juan region of Peru, and studied with Francisca Mayer from Black Mountain College, teaching natural dyes derived from indigenous plants to local weavers. Her travels continued through the Collao Altiplano region of Bolivia. While living in New York City, Cassara was co-editor of Sing Out! magazine before attending Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she received an MFA from the fiber department. Cassara has since conducted extensive research into women’s labor in the American textile industry, issues of European migration and relocation, and more recently, the assigned value of labor in historically women-dominated textile industries in the South. In the late 1990s, Cassara began exploring the history of textile production. A strong advocate for organized labor, she began conducting interviews in LaGrange, GA, and nearby mill towns, speaking with retired textile workers, factory owners, surviving union organizers, and members of textile heritage societies. In 2008–09, Cassara was awarded a sabbatical to further her research in the network of textile heritage societies, including travel to Cooleemee, NC, working with organizers of the Textile Heritage Initiative and members of the Troop County Historical Society. Cassara's research also continues in Scranton, PA, where she is examining documents and photographs related to the growth of the mining and silk textile industries

Nicole Condon

Title Assistant Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Degree MFA, Hunter College, The City University of New York; BFA Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning

Nicole Condon is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice intersects art and science and examines the dichotomy between the microscopic versus the macroscopic in thinking about biological systems, the environment, and, most recently, cultural and urban networks. Selected international exhibitions include the Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture, the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image, the Beijing Design Week, and the Reverse the Perspective exhibition at the Xiangsi Art Museum in Tianjin, China. She joins the CIA community this year after heading the Foundation Studio at China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts. Her art practice continually informs her teaching, just as teaching is integral to her practice as an artist.

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Lane Cooper

Title Associate Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7357

Courses  Art + Design History I: Ancient-18th Century | Art + Design History II: 18th Century-1945 | BFA Thesis + Statement | Design I | Expanded Print: New Imaging | Hybrid Approaches to Drawing + Painting: Digital Media | Intro to Painting: Painting History: 1828-Present | Role of the Artist as Producer | Senior Studio: BFA Research | Systems Drawing | Water+: An Exploration of Water-Based Media

Degree MFA, Painting, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa); MA, Art History, University of Alabama at Birmingham; BS, University of North Alabama

Lane Cooper is an artist, who works through painting, sound, video, text and, on occasion, performance. Her work has been presented in venues ranging from Birmingham, AL, to Madrid, Spain. In 2009 she participated in a residency at The Banff Centre located in Alberta, Canada, and in the fall of 2010 she was an artist-in-residence at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, where she exhibited as part of the 2011-12 season. She holds a master's degree in art history with an emphasis in contemporary art and an MFA in painting. She has been teaching since 1989, and since the spring of 2001 she has taught full-time at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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Maggie Denk-Leigh

Title Associate Professor/Chair of Printmaking
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7480

Courses  Image + Form II: Reproducibility | Intro Printmaking: Image Construction I: Line + Sequence | Material Color | Printmaking: Advanced Topics | Propaganda: Media, Dissemination, Technique

Degree MFA Clemson University, Printmaking; BA Xavier University, Printmaking, Graphic Design & Business

Maggie is an Associate Professor and Printmaking Department Chair. She is a founding member and Board President of the Morgan Conservatory, a center for book and paper arts. http://morganconservatory.org

Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the University of Mount Union and inclusion in the 2013 MAPC Juried Members Exhibition at the McDonough Museum.

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Gretchen Goss

Title Professor/Chair of Jewelry + Metals
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7470

Courses  Core 2: Language of Materials | Core 3: Surface + Image | Drawing I | Drawing II | Enamel in the Public Realm | Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief | Intro to Jewelry and Metals | Jewelry + Metals: Color | Multiples in Enamel | Three-Dimensonal Forms in Enamel

Degree MFA and BFA, Kent State University

Gretchen Goss's work has been supported by Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Grants, and is shown in exhibits nationally and internationally. She has been a visiting artist and taught numerous workshops on enameling nationally and in England. Her work is driven by her intrigue with the natural world.

Steven Gutierrez

Title Associate Professor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Degree MFA Art & Technology, The Ohio State University; BS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

Steven Gutierrez is an artist, engineer, and educator interested in the intersection of art, technology and the environment. His work has been primarily focused on social and environmental issues. His current research is directed towards finding how technology may be used to help life rather than to destroy it.

Anthony Ingrisano

Anthony Ingrisano

Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Painting
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Collage + Assemblage | Drawing I | Drawing Major Day: Drawing in Context | Drawing: Style Context | Material Color | Painting After the Photograph: Painting in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction | Painting Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Painting

Degree MFA, Pratt Institute

Anthony Ingrisano is an instructor in CIA's Painting and Foundation departments. Ingrisano, who has been living and working in Brooklyn, New York, shows with Lesley Heller Workspace. He has taught at Briarcliffe College since 2011 and was a contributing essayist to Sharon Louden’s book, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. He earned an MFA from Pratt Institute.

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